8th Generation (2008-2015) vehicle added by Nels, Sunday 4th Jan, 2015
Nels added a new Honda to the garage:
My 4th Accord - CU1
Check the vehicle's full information here.
I've been tied up with other things these last couple of months, but I may get some time now to do a few little bits 'n' pieces.
I had an order arrive from HH with some accessories. There has been a little delay with the pre-painted, side protection strips, but that's another story.
For now, the space saver spare wheel and tray, rubber mats and boot liner are all in. The rubber mats are a perfect fit. Well worth the money to keep the interior clean.
I went for the space saver wheel as I think it is better to not use the repair kit on TPMS equipped wheels.
Tyres & Wheels - 2014 Honda Accord Tyre Pressure Monitoring System -TPMS
I did have a little 'blonde moment' working out how the jack went into the tray, but Martin and the guys at HH came to the rescue.
If you don't have a space saver wheel, can you tell how the jack fits into the new tray when the slot is shorter? (The white tissue holds the wheel lock key and is over the end of the jack)
More to do as when time permits but for now,
I think it has to go in at a slight angle with part of the jack pointing down through the bottom of the tray. That's how mine is but not sure if it is correct.
Definitely worth having a space saver as the TRK is a bit of a clart on as you'll only ever need to use it in the dark, late at night, in horizontal rain....
Yes, you'r right @John Dickson, it goes in at an angle with the base facing the front of the car.
As for the TRK, I personally prefer a good old fashioned, real wheel. Better still a full size one, but space saver will do.
Additionally, I do not want the TRK solution contaminating or interfering with the operation of the TPMS valve. As well as being a fair old price to replace, I just don't want the hassle.
For me, this is the preferred option.
Looks like Christmas has come early for you @Nels
I've been saving up for a long time.
Do it once. Do it right.
I'd overlooked the problem of the TRK solution contaminating the valve. I wonder if it can be cleaned off but perhaps not. I know some fast fit centres will tell you the tyre is scrap after using TRK solution but that is nonsense as the tyre can be cleaned out easily. I'm not sure if the valve can be cleaned though. I've only used the TRK once on my pre facelift CU1 so no TPMS to worry about.
I believe their is a way to clean the TPMS unit, but that's just creating more work. Plus, if it isn't cleaned out properly then the warning light could be flashing away and driving me mad.
Yes I think the same it's just more work that might not pay off. I've had no problems so far but (particularly earlier versions) TPMS can be temperamental at the best of times so one that has had TMPS solution on it and then cleaned off will possibly be more problematic.
I think the temperamental problems with the system is the reason why Honda never fitted it until they had to.
A little update:
The side protection strips that were part of the Premium Pack have been re-ordered. There was a flaw in the paintwork. There's no way that was going on my new baby. It may only be a small fleck, but it would always irritate me.
These were sealed in the box, so they left the factory like that. Martin at HH has been a real star about getting this sorted out. Thank you Martin.
At least we can count on HH.
There has been a delay though as they are on 'back order'.
I have been pre-occupied with other things for the last few weeks and have not been able to do much to my CU1.
One job that I have started is manually inputting 10 years of saved 'Favourites' from my CN1. This is something I believe Honda need to improve on. When you change cars, you cannot, electronically, transfer saved data from one Sat Nav system to another. Crazy!
I don't expect them to be able to deal with other makes of car, but from a 7th Generation Accord to an 8th Generation Accord
I think its only recently that manufacturers have started taking in-car Infotainment systems seriously. So the older systems weren't really up to scratch.
Honda's new Connect system looks brill though.
It's really a heads up for everyone with these systems.
Keep a hard copy of all the important places stored in your Sat Nav, especially any you entered directly from the map. I have many car parks, pubs/restaurants etc. that aren't easily found. Also, places abroad.
Do it now, just in case your system goes down and needs to be changed.
Yes, it does. Too late for me though.
Having said that, I am very pleased with the Sat Nav and ICE I've got. I think the sound reproduction is superb. As for many for the other functions, I'm still learning.
The replacement Side Protection Strips are still not here, but I finally managed to get some time yesterday to begin one of the other little jobs on my list.
As well as the Side Protection Strips, I bought the front and rear sets too. However, I could not get them both pre-painted, only one. The un-painted strips were considerably cheaper. Since I had to paint one set, I opted to do them both and save a few pennies.
I bought a can of Promatic Plastic Primer and had a can of Crystal Black Pearl, made up at a specialist automotive paint shop. These guys are really good and know what they are doing. Although they mainly supply the trade, they do deal with the likes of me too.
I had previously tidied up the room where I was going to spray the strips and given it a thorough vacuuming a few days earlier. I don't have a proper paint booth, so the best I could manage was to reduce the dust level, let anything airborne settle and then not disturb it too much. I know, it may not make much difference, but it made me a little happier.
The strips were wiped down with IPA and allowed to dry. Since they are curved, they were placed on wooden battens.
They then had 3 coats of primer. This is clear, so it doesn't really show up.
Next was the first good coat of black. This was last night.
The 'marks' are just light reflecting off the wet paint. On the last photograph, the bright camera flash picks out the pearlescent flecks.
I had intended applying the next coat this morning, but as things panned out, that was cancelled. I didn't get back to the strips until tonight. A quick rubbing over with some 800 wet and dry, cleaned with IPA and then when thoroughly dry, the next coat. If I don't get interrupted, I'll apply another coat of black in the morning.
Looking good bud
Good stuff @Nels
A good day today. I have managed another coat of black. When that had dried, a very light rub down with 1200 wet and dry with a little water and detergent. A clean and dry and a final wipe over with IPA.
When that had all dried off, three coats of lacquer. That has dried off sufficiently so I've brought the strips inside now so they can dry off thoroughly and harden. By the time the side strips arrive I will be able to give them a polish, seal and a few coats of wax before fitting.
I did take a few photographs, but they are really not up to scratch. I should get a better result in the daylight. For now, this is as good as I could manage.
They look spot on @Nels
Thank you @SpeedyGee. My impatient self just wants to start polishing them up now, but my sensible head has to win this one.
On close inspection, the finish wasn't acceptable. Well, not that bad, but not what I wanted.
If they don't get bumped when they're on, they need to last at least 10 years. That's 10 years of my cleaning and polishing.
I've given them all a fine rub down with wet 1200. A thorough clean and dry and then a wipe over with IPA. Three more coats of lacquer and now left to dry overnight. I'll bring them in tomorrow to harden off more in the warm. At times like this I wish I wasn't so fussy.
Hey ho, it'll be worth it in the end.
On a separate note, I've been reading through the handbook. Yes, I know, many don't read handbooks, but I like to know all the ins-and-outs.
I didn't realise quite how brilliant the 8th Generation Accord is. So much better that my PFL 7th Generation, and she was a fabulous car.
Time for and